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I was wondering if there are some free ways (applications or programming) to get financial data (either live data, historical data or both), achieving similar function as Bloomberg terminal? Thanks and regards!

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closed as off topic by Michael Mrozek Mar 26 '12 at 21:41

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There is e.g. the 'Yahoo Finance API', see stackoverflow.com/questions/1763310/yahoo-finance-api – Andre Holzner Sep 17 '11 at 14:59
I think this question should be migrated somewhere else such as quant.stackexchange.com – Andre Holzner Sep 17 '11 at 15:01
...do not use marketing terms such as bloomberg terminal. Besides that please review this thread here and then ask a question. Yahoo API is trivial, there are packages that handles many APIs! For example, fire up R and library(quantmod); getSymbols("VT"); plot(VT) and you get VT -- but this question is AGAIN-AGAIN asked in quant.SE and money.SE. Unless this term bloomberg termial specified, this question has no value. What the heck this has to do with Unix now? Nothing, dot. -1 until clarified or moved to other site. – user2362 Mar 26 '12 at 21:10
Clutter here, more clutter here, less clutter here (repetition) -- and finally read this here (a small warning for this euphoria). There is nothing special really with financial data, detailed data is expensive and restrictive. – user2362 Mar 26 '12 at 21:14
I think someone should categorize this mess over SE with financial stuff, it is at the best repetitive (often with flashy new news to make a slight variation but eventually not much difference) -- bad like hxll! I like d this here, perhaps Quant.SE or Money.SE should have some newbie/ignorant question aggregator for similar qs? – user2362 Mar 26 '12 at 21:18
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As Andre Holzner suggested, I would suggest using the Yahoo Finance API. It's what I used for this problem set: http://cdn.cs75.net/2010/fall/projects/2/project2.pdf

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Hello, R's quantmod has Yahoo API inside and much more, look this here. Research a bit and do not recommend the first google things. Also a reference to W3.* is not very convincing, diversion perhaps this helps here. -1 because nothing to do with Unix and uneducated response. You may want to trial with R like this library(quantmod); getSymbols("VT"); plot(VT). It is a wrapper but it has much more to offer to build this kind of financila terminals, not just one API. – user2362 Mar 26 '12 at 21:23

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